About the Study Guide

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Three generations of hunters

Hunter education strives to teach safety, improve skills and knowledge, instill responsibility, and encourage the involvement of beginner and veteran hunters. Responsible, ethical behavior and personal involvement are both essential to continuing Missouri’s hunting heritage.

  • Safe—acting in a way that causes no harm to yourself or others.
    Hunting-related safety skills are gained through hands-on training and practice. It is most valuable to learn these skills from an experienced hunter.
  • Knowledgeable—understanding information gained through experience.
    Knowledge is learning and understanding the basics of safe gun handling and hunting. Before being trained in the skill of firearm shooting, you should know how the firearm operates and how to handle it safely.
  • Responsible—being accountable for one’s actions.
    Responsible behavior includes courtesy, respect of others and of wildlife, involvement, and a positive attitude. Responsible hunters do not poach or act carelessly. Responsible hunters obey hunting laws, hunt fairly, practice safety rules, and wait for a clean and quick kill before shooting. Your attitude and how other people see you are a reflection on all hunters.
  • Involved—being active as a participant.
    Part of the process of becoming a responsible sportsman is becoming involved in efforts to make hunting a respected sport. That includes mentoring others, working with landowners, and cooperating with conservation agents. It also includes joining conservation organizations, which will help preserve habitat and promote wildlife management.